The Silo Haystack

The Haystack
So I'm not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the lines I decided that when I travel I'm not going to eat food I normally can get at home. No McDonald's, no Burger King, Olive Garden, Chilis, etc. (technically I very rarely eat any of that at home anyways). If I'm going to put something in my mouth, I want it to be a new experience, a food destination. We've gotten pretty good at this too (e.g. Schmidt's). It's all about trying new stuff. Of course, sometimes it bites us back, and we end up in the middle of the night, sleeping on an empty stomach- but it's all worth it.

I try to find unique food. Often it's not all that healthy, but I figure it's vacation, and the honey-pots of deliciousness are often found in the greasiest holes in the wall. Food Network is often a great source for good places to eat. When Adam Richman from Man Vs Food visited The Silo just across the border from Niagara Falls, we expected it to be awesome. We had been chowing down on wonderful Canadian  food (or shall we say food in Canada) for two days. From Tim-Bits (I was a Tim Horton's virgin) to poutine and lamb gyros, everything was going our way till we popped into Lewiston, New York and stopped at the big red-silo sitting upstream from the falls.

 Their flagship sandwich: The Haystack, which in the TV show was described as a cure for The Silo's proprietor's husband's diabetes (you figure that one out) is a combination of Steak-Um's (cheap, processed, frozen steak) and hash-browns on a store-bought hoagie. It has no sauce (though ketchup and mustard are offered), and is absolutely horridly un-creative. I could have made this sandwich at home for a couple bucks (and made better), but I ended up with a dried out sandwich that argued with every taste-bud in my mouth, and not in a good way. Sure the views are great at The Silo, but that's not worth a 2000 mile drive. I will admit the place was busy, and others may not share my view. I am of course, simply trying to be honest.

For the record, what it needs is some lettuce, tomato, sauce and better meat (perhaps they would allow this modification?).

I was surprised that they chose to feature this sandwich on Man Vs Food, as most cooks would immediately dismiss the sandwich.

It didn't end there though. Shan and I do halvezies when we travel a lot. We split our food because we're never certain what we want. So we split the chili and cheese fries. The chili was rather unpleasant.

I did notice one man ordered a very large hot-dot. A giant hot dog which extended about 1.5 feet on the table. I wish I would have ordered that. So maybe not all is lost.

So the point of all this, is don't trust everything you see on TV as good, and if you're thinking about a road-trip to The Silo in Lewiston, NY... just for a Haystack, you might want to consider otherwise.


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